Since a couple of people have asked if I would do a wrap-up post, I decided I would! I applied to 24 MD schools with a 3.78cGPA/sGPA (they were identical which I found funny) and a 510 MCAT, I ended up with 7 II’s (interview invites) (but I only went to 5), and 3 acceptances (2 off of wait lists). I submitted my AMCAS application the very first day, and all of my secondaries were submitted by the first week of August. I was fortunate enough to get early interviews in September, so I did not really have the long wait that awaits many people during the application cycle. Because of the early interviews, I was accepted on October 15th, which was the first day you can hear from schools that you applied regular decision to (I did not apply early decision anywhere). I am excited to start the next four years of my life, and I wish everyone reading this the best of luck!
For those of you reading from BC, or thinking about coming to BC, I’ll offer a bit of a reflection on the premed track here. It’s hard to get very good grades in premed classes at BC, because there is a significant amount of grade deflation. Most classes scale to a B-/C+ border, so to get the average GPA for MD school (a 3.5-3.6) you have to do significantly better than the mean. But while it may be harder than a lower ranked school or your state school, I feel that BC has prepared me, and the others I know who got into medical school, to face the rigors of medical school. Every professor I had was willing to work with me, and I took advantage of every opportunity I was given by professors. Freshman year our general chemistry professor offered office hours where he would give us problems very similar to the weekly quiz and then after we did them he would go through the problems and discuss our approach to solving them. You would think out of a class of 200 that the room would be packed. It wasn’t. There were only 3 of us there every single week, and so the professor got to know me and worked with me on my problem solving skills.
Where I ran into trouble at BC was with the advising. I had heard horror stories from classmates about going into the advising office as a freshman, and being told because of their first semester GPA they had no chance at medical school and they should just give up. After hearing that, I never went into their office for advising. If your first semester (or even freshman year) GPA is low, worry about improving your study habits and figuring out why you aren’t doing as well as you can. Everyone who is accepted to BC has the potential to do well in all of their classes. As a tutor, I found most people failed because they lacked good study habits from high school (start early, and you can’t expect to pass a test studying the night before), or they simply didn’t understand the material. Medical schools see an upward trend and many people get accepted who did poorly their freshman year. It is a time of adjustments and for some people it is a struggle that they figure out a semester or a year later. There are also an increasing number of ways to improve upon a GPA after undergrad such as a SMP (Special Masters Program) or a Post-Bacc, which help medical school see you can handle the workload. I found that instead of going to the BC Premed department for advising, I relied on the online community along with the older students in the clubs/organizations I was a member of. There are so many people in your own class, or the classes above you, who are going through the same struggles (or have conquered them) who can help you through any difficulties. In my experience, the BC premed office has just exacerbated the struggles that students undergo, and I stayed far away from that office unless I was demanding that they send out my committee letter in July and not August
I started this blog because I was bored during the summer, but I hope that it has helped some of you who have read it or used the study guides. If it has helped only one person, writing this was worth it.